Posted by kenmac on June 8th, 2011
Unusually, I think, the title virtually gives away the theme. Certainly I wasn’t at all surprised when the theme revealed itself.
Twelve of the clues lead to an extra letter which spell two “related” names. A further five clues (without definition) lead to a thematic group. Further, the top and bottom rows of the grid lead to two titles. And, finally, Ten cells contain the name of the author in an “appropriate” shape.
I did my initial scan through the clues looking for likely suspects that had no definition. The first one I identified was 23d (TIMMY) thus confirming my suspicions that we were looking for The Famous Five (Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina [George] – and their dog Timmy) by Enid Blyton.
The two related names are (Aunt) FANNY and (Uncle) QUENTIN though I just cannot see where the second N in FANNY comes from
Finally, ENID BLYTON is hidden in the grid in the shape of a 5 (cells: f9, g9, h8, h7, g6, f6, f5, f4, g4, h4)
There are a couple of answers which I don’t really understand (10a & 21d), noted in the lists below, and I have a quibble with 11d.
All-in-all, a nice easy puzzle after the last two stinkers I had to blog. 😉
Footnote: Thanks to Colin and HolyGhost for their comments. I have changed the explanation of 4d and I’ve changed the incorrect Wikipedia link.
|10||ANODES||Conductors||I just can’t see how this one works Clue: Innocent party can finally put out last of bus conductors.|
|12||ENGOBE||Slip||EN (nurse)+GO (to fare)+BE (to live)|
|14||THERETO||In addition||[tak]E+TO+HEART (minus A(nswer)) (anag: reworking)|
|15||F||NATAL||About (US) can (buttocks)||N(ote)+FATAL (critical)|
|16||A||SINGLY||Alone||SING (celebrate)+LAY (bet)|
|17||MILICE||Wartime French collaborators||MIL(itary)+ICE (kill)|
|20||N||ORWELL||Author (George Orwell)||NO (drama)+R(uns)+WELL (easily)|
|25||ODIOUS||Offensive||O(ld) +O(ld)+I (one) inside SUD (south in French) (rev: repelled)|
|27||SWEIRT||Lazy (Scottish: For Angus)||W(ife) inside TRIES (proves) (rev: over)|
|28||DISPLE||Chastise||[a]CI[d] removed from DISCIPLE (student)|
|29||DORMS||Where boarders might sleep||DO (clean)+RMS (rooms)|
|31||ENTOTIC||Souse’s (ear’s) inner workings||EN (space)+TO (for)+TIC (response)|
|33||Y||ITEM||Make a note of||[fru]ITY EM[ails]|
|34||REHEAT||Fuel injector||RE ((Royal) Engineers)+[c]HEAT (chisel) (minus C(old))|
|KEY (crucial)+SEN (without) (rev: backing)|
|1||Q||STETSONS||They’re worn by cowboys||STET (reinstate)+SONS( products)|
|2||URGE||Drive||QU(een)+R[a]GE (A(cting) out)|
|4||U||GABELLER||Tax collector||GAB (talk)+L(atin) inside EULER (mathematician)|
|5||E||ENTOMB||Bury||TEEN MOB (anag: riled)|
|6||ROAN||(double definition)||(double definition)|
|7||N||TENTIGO||Lewdness||TENT (camp)+INGO (reveal (Scottish))|
|9||ON HIRE||To let||[f]INE H[a]R[l]O[t] (minus FLAT) (anag: upset)|
|11||DAALS||Pulse (surely this should be
|D(ead)+[b]AAL (false god) (not B(orn))|
|18||T||INDITERS||(Former) dictators||I(nstitute)+STRIDENT (anag: overthrown)|
|19||EXSECTED||Cut out||EX (without)+SEC(ond)+TED (spread)|
|21||WHERE’ER||In whatever place||I can see W(eak)+HER but nothing else Clue: Weak, She drinks endlessly in whatever place.|
|24||I||STEVEN||(local) Voice||SIT (be comfortable with)+EVEN (calm)|
|26||ISOHEL||Contour||O[outgrowt]H (hollow) inside LIES (anag: unevenly)|
|30||SUNI||Antelope||SUN (nearby star)+I[njure]|
|32||N||TELA||Tissue||ANTLE[r] (nearly) (anag: damaged)|